Arkansas

Voters in Arkansas need to show photo ID to confirm their identity when voting in person.

If you don’t have an acceptable photo ID, there may be other ways you can confirm your identity.

You must include a copy of a photo ID with your absentee ballot to vote by mail.

Is out-of-state ID accepted?

No!
You cannot use an ID issued by another state

Is student ID accepted?

Yes!
You can use a student or employee ID from post-high school institutions accredited in Arkansas

Is an expired ID accepted?

Yes!
You can use an expired ID but the expiration date cannot be more than 4 years before the election date

COVID-19 Update

Concern over contracting COVID-19 will be accepted as an excuse for voting absentee in the November 3 General Election.

The Arkansas Secretary of State issued a statement that registered voters can request an absentee ballot if they are assisting loved ones, fearful of contracting COVID-19, or concerned about infecting others in their community.

Based on the State Board of Election Commissioners’ resolution, voters should choose the following excuse when requesting their absentee ballot: “You will be unavoidably absent from your polling site on Election Day.”

 

Arkansas ID Requirements for Voting In Person

ACCEPTABLE PHOTO ID

An ID can be used to vote if it meets all of the following requirements:

  • It shows your name
  • It shows your photo
  • If your ID has an expiration date, it must be unexpired or expired no more than 4 years before the election date
  • It is issued by:
    • United States Federal government
    • State of Arkansas
    • Post-high school institution in Arkansas
    • Administrator of a long-term care or residential care facility that is licensed by Arkansas (must attest the voter is a resident)

Common forms of photo ID that you might be able to use: Arkansas driver’s license, Arkansas State ID, public assistance card, US Passport, Military ID, student or employee ID from college, concealed handgun carry license, voter verification card, student or employee ID from college or university

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are a registered voter and do not have a photo ID that is acceptable for voting, you are eligible to receive a free Arkansas voter verification card.

You can request your card through the Secretary of State’s office or your county clerk. Contact them for an application and a list of the documents you need.

VoteRiders can help you apply for a voter verification card and secure any documents that you need. Get free help now!

You do not need a “REAL ID” to vote in Arkansas.

Your driver’s license or state ID card will show a gold star if it meets REAL ID requirements under federal law.

Get in touch with VoteRiders if you have questions or need free help securing ID.

You may vote a provisional ballot if you do not have an acceptable ID.

You must also sign a sworn statement that you are the person who is registered to vote in the county and eligible to vote in that election.

Get in touch with VoteRiders if you have questions or need free help getting ID.

Check this list of Driver Control offices and their hours of operation on the Arkansas DFA website for the latest information.

You can also access some ID services online.

Arkansas ID Requirements for Voting By Mail

Concern over contracting COVID-19 will be accepted as an excuse for voting absentee in the November 3 General Election.

  • The Arkansas Secretary of State issued a statement that registered voters can request an absentee ballot if they are assisting loved ones, fearful of contracting COVID-19, or concerned about infecting others in their community.
  • Based on the State Board of Election Commissioners’ resolution, voters should choose the following excuse when requesting their absentee ballot: “You will be unavoidably absent from your polling site on Election Day.”

You must include a copy of your photo ID when you return your absentee ballot. Any ID that is valid for voting in person will be accepted.

Frequently Asked Questions

When you apply for an absentee ballot in Arkansas, you need to provide an excuse.

To be eligible: You must be a registered voter and unable to go to your polling place for an acceptable reason.

For the November 3 General Election: Concern over contracting COVID-19 will be accepted as an excuse for voting absentee. Voters should choose the following excuse when requesting their absentee ballot: “You will be unavoidably absent from your polling site on Election Day.”

Other acceptable reasons:

  • You will be “unavoidably” absent from the polling site on Election Day
  • You will be physically unable or too ill to attend the polling place
  • You are a member of Uniformed Services or Merchant Marines (or Spouse/Dependent family member) and away due to active duty or service
  • You are residing in a long-term care or residential facility licensed by the state
  • You are a United States citizen whose permanent residence is in Arkansas but who is temporarily living outside the country

No.

Yes, to verify your voter registration you must include a copy of photo ID with your voted absentee ballot.

Any ID that works for voting in person will be accepted. Here’s the list.

The following voters do not need to submit ID:

  • A member of the Uniformed Services or Merchant Marine who is absent from the county on election day because of active duty or service
  • Their spouse or dependents
  • A resident of a long-term care or residential care facility licensed by the state of Arkansas (must provide documentation from administrator attesting that voter is a resident of the facility)

If you don’t have access to a printer or copy machine: Get free help printing a copy of your ID to send with your absentee ballot.

Yes! You can get free help if don’t have a way to print a copy of your ID.